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Urban Art: Vancouver’s Mixed-Use Tower by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)

Urban Art: Vancouver’s Mixed-Use Tower by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

A BIG step forward for Vancouver’s latest mixed-use tower making international headlines, as the 497-foot tall proposal has received an “enthusiastic endorsement” from the city’s design panel.


The Bjarke Ingels Group-designed tower promises to add a twist to Vancouver’s skyline and create a new identity for an undefined section of town at the fringe of the city’s residential area. The 700,000 square foot complex – which contains shopping, housing and rental apartments – was praised by the panel for anchoring itself on a nine-story podium that occupies the disused, interstitial spaces found between the Granville Street Bridge’s entry and exit ramps.

BIG proposes to transform these spaces, which are dominated by cars and lack human activity, into a cultural and pedestrian destination. Glass “prisms” will provide retail and public space, while existing building facades and bridge surfaces will be converted into a dramatic outdoor gallery. In addition, Bjarke envisions the road which crosses below the bridge to become a host for outdoor markets, festivals and concerts. Impressed, panel member Peter Wreglesworth described the project as “whole composition that is urban art.”

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Shipping Containers and the Downtown Project

Shipping Containers and the Downtown Project | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

When you think about urban revitalization, you may envision a city center filled with derelict, abandoned buildings just waiting to be repurposed. Our vision of downtown is different. Rather than being filled with empty buildings, we have a lot of empty land. Until new buildings are completed, which can be a long process, we need spaces to house new business.
To do address these needs, flexible urbanism is being employed to temporarily transform underused, high value urban areas by installing repurposed shipping containers to house small businesses such as cafes, boutiques, bars & galleries. These plans will incorporate community space, outdoor seating, and retractable shade structures while activating vacant lots in the heart of downtown...

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Dublin’s Beautiful 3 Mews Houses Weave Natural Daylight and Lush Gardens Into Their Industrial Aesthetic

Dublin’s Beautiful 3 Mews Houses Weave Natural Daylight and Lush Gardens Into Their Industrial Aesthetic | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
3 Mews project in Dublin, Ireland by ODOS Architects is woven with natural daylighting and ventilation and features rainwater harvesting and grey water recycling.

Before these homes were built, the area located on an industrial laneway in Dublin 8 was not known for its residential buildings and was basically devoid of life. Rather than building a traditional residential structure, ODOS Architects opted to help ease the transition from an industrial aesthetic to a cozy place to call home. From the outside, the homes feature a cantilevered upper section built from powder coated metal industrial flooring planks arranged in a structural steel frame. The slatted exterior creates a sense of privacy without blocking views or light. Foliage and treetops are visible from the street and bring a piece of nature to the area.

Inside, the layout affords each space with easy access to the adjacent room as well as plentiful light and fresh air.

In addition to the use of air and light, the homes makes use of an air-to-water heat pump and a boiler for energy-efficient heating and cooling. Rainwater is collected from the courtyards and recycled into a grey water system that is used to irrigate all the courtyards and to supply water for the bathrooms and washing machines.

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Melbourne: making green buildings the norm

Melbourne: making green buildings the norm | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Melbourne has inherited from a “new world city” grid: much of the middle and outer suburbs are characterized by low density sprawl and high dependency on the automobile. But in 1985, the Strategic Plan - meant to revitalize the Central Business District - started to reverse the pattern. This masterplan has subsequently benefited from Jan Gehl’s expertise, who recommended good sense and efficient measures such as tree plantings, restrictions on cars and improvement of the public spaces...

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The Crystal: London's new sustainable development hub & one of Britain's greenest buildings

The Crystal: London's new sustainable development hub & one of Britain's greenest buildings | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Electronics giant Siemens recently unveiled the Crystal, a £30m project in east London that aims to promote sustainable urban development in the capital.
The structure, which stands on the waterfront at the Royal Victoria Docks, covers more than 6,300 square metres and takes its place as one of Britain’s greenest buildings, having been built to achieve top scores in both the BREEAM and LEED rankings for energy efficient complexes.
Inside is Siemens’ Centre of Competence Cities, a team made up of urban sustainability experts, as well as an exhibition on the future of cities across the world.
The mayor of London, Boris Johnson, was there to officially launch the building, and said, “The futuristic Crystal is a fantastic new landmark for London which has breathed new life into the historic Royal Docks.” and noted that “Siemens’ investment is a great boost to our ambitious plans to redevelop swathes of former industrial land in order to bring jobs to the capital.”

The hub of this summer’s Olympic Games, the Olympic Stadium in Stratford, is only five miles down the road from the Crystal, and the London mayor made reference to the successful games, saying that the new development is another step forward in east London’s “rebirth”...

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alexandrine champiot's curator insight, December 2, 9:25 AM

Le long du front de mer « Royal Victoria Docks » dans l’est de Londres l’entreprise Siemens a inauguré un centre d’exposition. Une inauguration faite par le maire de Londres ainsi que par le secrétaire d'État pour les communautés et le gouvernement local. Ce centre d’exposition abrite une exposition sur l’avenir des villes à travers le monde. Pour tous, ce bâtiment est une infrastructure fantastique qui insuffle une nouvelle image aux docks de Londres.
Après les Jeux Olympiques, ce centre d’exposition dénommé Crystal va participer au renouveau de l’est de Londres. Une construction qui est inscrite dans les préoccupations pour l’environnement et pour une ville durable. Ainsi, l’intégration dans la planification urbaine du concept de durabilité et une moindre consommation en carbone sont d’une importance cruciale. C’est dans cette perspective que le Crystal accueille la conférence pour la planification de l’habitat urbain des Nations Unies.



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NYC's High Line: round 3

NYC's High Line: round 3 | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

As one of the most well-known and popular urban revitalization projects in recent memory, New York's High Line has proven the effectiveness and impact of adaptive reuse and urban green space...

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XMS Media Gallery by Moxie Design

XMS Media Gallery by Moxie Design | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The building is an old four-story apartment in the city center, facing the fate of being torn down and rebuilt. Amidst the anticipation of city renewal, the façade of a series of adjoining “shop houses” conveys the desolation of fading glory. A group of designers pursuing innovation, created a fantastic view, filled with a sharp contrast. Soft and permeable nets bend and flex along the currents of wind and impacts of rain and with versatility actually present varied “postures” in a humble fashion. The irregular arrangement of the fence nets partition the monotone windows that mark the horizontal dimension, and the flickering lights of our hard-working partners twinkle in the night, echoing the challenges of metropolitan life. The design team works like dedicated farmers in the greenhouse nurturing the organic forces of life.

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Design Bureau » Urban Renewal

Design Bureau » Urban Renewal | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

When you first pass through the gates of the Philadelphia Navy Yard onto the campus headquarters of retail-clothing conglomerate Urban Outfitters, you know you’re on hallowed ground.

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